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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPASierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA

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Ratings: 2,835
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 74
Gots: 133 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-07-2008

ABV: 6.7%
Beginning gravity: 14.7 Plato
Ending gravity: 3.9 Plato
IBU: 66
Malts: Pale and Caramel
Yeast: Top-fermenting ale yeast
Bittering hops: Pacific Halertau
Finishing hops: New Zealand Motueka and New Zealand Southern Cross
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Photo of rtepiak
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

quite a pungent amber colored brew. odor is straight hop aroma. palate is immensely hoppy... to the point of soap like astringent. quite bitter. extremely even. takes the cake as of assertive hoppiness goes. very dry. constricting hop that sit there for a while. the malt comes in very mild and late. of walnuts and wood pulp. quite crisp and any less bitter in sips either. very mild alcohol but its seems that that wasn't really on my mind while drink it. don't plan on drinking something mild after this...

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a a clear ruby-tinted brown w/ a frothy, one-finger head that dies slowly and leaves lae around the glass due to some good carbonation. A good floral, earthy hop smell that is usurped by some caramelized and roasted malts - good balance. Taste is more of the same as the malts and hops hold each other in check - the beer is smooth and creamy with some chewiness, from bread malt I presume, as well as having a sturdy malt base of some roasted and toffee malts. Finishes dry with a good helping of herbal tea-like hop bitterness. A quality ale that is easy going and nice to have on a summer evening.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep, bright orange-amber color with very active visible carbonation when poured. The head has a tannish-orange tint and is very large, with a densely foamy, rocky texture. Retention is great, with very attractive lacing.

S: Mostly pale malt in the nose. Some sweeter caramel hints, but they are on the subdued side. A very spicy citrusy nose: orange is most prominent, but with a pithy, spicy, almost herbal twang to it. A dose of resiny earthiness is also present. Very nice.

T: Pale malt with some caramel sweetness thrown in for good measure. Not wimpy, but it stays out of the way and lets the hops do their thing. Citrus and spice are again prominent, with orange zest and grapefruit at the fore. A solid piney/earthy hop flavor is a bit more prominent than the nose suggested, especially as I continue to drink. Very flavorful, with an assertive but well-balanced bitterness.

M: On the full-creamy side, with some tingly carbonation. Very nice.

D: Nothing wrong with this one at all. Another rock-solid pale ale from Sierra Nevada. I was excited to see this in the cooler - it was the last one left. I'm glad I grabbed it - this is a really good beer.

Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of the 2009 (2nd release) at West Lakview Liquors. Served in my Pisgah pint glass.

A - After a cascading reverse waterfall type foaming it settles to a four-finger dirty blonde foam with excellent retention and tons of gorgeous lacing. The brew is a slightly hazed fire-orange color with lots of bubbles, both rising to the top and on the sides of the glass. Looks a tad overcarbonated.

S - Earthy dank floral hop smell - only a tiny hint of the usual citrus or pine hoppiness here - and maybe a touch of alcohol. Malt character is bready, with almost a rye-like sourness to it. I remember liking last year's batch a lot more for some reason.

T - The taste has a nice toffee sweetness and spice to it that morphs into an zesty bitterness that lingers for quite a while and builds quite a bit. This is an unusual brew in that I prefer the taste to the smell - the malt sweetness comes out quite a bit more and balances the earthy hoppiness.

M - Moderate carbonation with a bit of burn on the lips and palate. Light to medium body that is quite smooth and soft. Pretty standard APA texture here.

D - The bitterness actually accumlates quite a bit, and the carbonation gets a touch bloaty over the generous 24oz serving size. Otherwise the alcohol is well-hidden and it goes down pretty easy.

I think I liked the 1st release quite a bit more, but maybe my palate has changed or something. Solid and reasonably priced session brew.

Photo of bsp77
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange, which formed a very nice foamy head that left lots of lacing. Most impressive head/lacing I have seen from a bottled beer in the Pale Ale/IPA spectrum.

Smell: Semi-sweet toasted malts, grains, and floral/citrus hops. While it definitely smells good, I would have expected it to be stronger.

Taste: Semi-sweet, somewhat grainy malts juxtaposed with a very strong hop taste of citrus and pine. Bitterness is moderate and more evident at the end, when it takes on a more spicy tone. I love a beer that can have a strong hop taste without overdoing the bitterness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very smooth with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. That's all I have to say here, except I wish I had more than one bottle.

Style wise, this is a conundrum. Seems to be halfway between an American Pale Ale and a Double IPA. Seems like that would mean an American IPA, but it's not - too grainy, too smooth, too hoppy without the accompanying bitterness. Seems to be a Double Pale Ale if that means anything. Oh well, it is damn good whatever it is.

Photo of PSUBeerman
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz. bottle, tulip glass

Pours a clear amber / copper color with a light tan foamy head. The head dissipated with some lacing.

Sweet and spicy aroma full of hops and citrus.

Flavor is well balanced with initial sweetness and finishes with a slightly bitter hop taste. Not overpowering and actually kind of subtle. Citrus flavors and peppery also noted.

Very crisp and clean to drink. Carbonation was good and the alcohol did not hit too hard.

Photo of Morey
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Samuel Smith's pint glass this fine copper colored ale produced a nice frothy white head that is proving to have some impressive sticking properties.

Smell is a nice blend of fresh hops with some whiffs of oak and/or wood aged aromas.

Hops are noticable up front, but they aren't overpowering. Thus, allowing for some of the earthy, and malty flavors to make themselves known as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticks to the palate nicely.

I'll have no problem finishing this bomber that's for sure.

Morey's Bottom Line: Reminds me of other earthy beers such as Titan Ipa, and Oak Aged Unearthly.
If you're a fan of hoppy beers with earthy tones, this one comes highly recommended.

Photo of Docer
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged up a newly added bottle @beaumontmarket here in NE Portland...

- Nice deep orange color with fluffy creamy head which is off-white.. clear and looks yummy!

- Fresh hop scent.. very floral, fresh pine... and balanced with alight caramel malting.. smells very refreshing.. and out at just the right time.

- Very well balanced with a light caramel malt profile... and spicy good fresh hops... a nice zing to the southern hop... as well as faint citrus, and more pine. Reminds me of my first macro (not in a bad way). When beer tasted so good to me at a young age.. but later tasted like crap. This reminds me of the best flavors in a brew.

- Slightly dry/bitter afterbite... but overall very nice.

- Super drinkable... bit on the bubbly side.. but given it's style, I would expect that. Overall a very nice offering from Sierra Nevada. Not disappointed.

Photo of ahalloin
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The misses is out so I thought I would crack the 24 ouncer by myself. I dig the incarnation of the standard Sierra Nevada stubby bottle in the larger size. This would be the 2009 release.

A: Pours a clear orangish carmel color. Bubbles are still rising from the bottom a few minutes after the pour. Two finger width head of off-white formed rather quickly then receded to a thin ring atop the beer with plenty of lacing clinging around the glass.

S: Medium intense smell of leafy hops, cut grass, pine, and some citrus. A decent malty backbone lurks behind the scenes. Maybe a hint of cinnamon.

T: Upon taking a drink, the taste buds are greeted with a full flavor blast of extremely well balanced citrusy hops and maltiness. The hop character is very interesting comparatively to American varities. From these New Zealand hops I get a much earthier, leafy flavor with some notes of citrus, as opposed to the slap in the face grapefruit/citrus flavor that dominates common American hops. The NZ hops also carry a nice spiciness. There is a slight toasty character to the malt in the finish which covers the 6.7 ABV well.

M: Medium-heavy mouthfeel which I like, but isn't necessarily true to style. Carbonation is well done and not overbearing. Smooth finish with slight dryness.

D: Drinkability is excellent. This beer would session extremely well.

Definitely a special brew from a warhorse brewery!

Photo of Magpie14
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: bubbling apricot and peach colors with chunks of orange floating about. The head put forth a orange stained white blob of foam with crusty bubbles. The head peeled away slowly and splattered wonky lacing about. This color has some character, I don't know what it is but I like it

S: the nose was not as I was expecting. It wallows in hop citrus notes with a dry earthy spiciness. I also gather faint whiffs of caramelized pale malts. Things seem rather laid back but it is still a treat for the nose

T: big floral citrus flavor with complementary toasted malts make for a darn good APA. Most notably, the toasted malts splashed with caramel act as a jump rope and the hops are left to jump freely. The hops are of lemons, grapefruit, sprinkled with pepper and with squeezes of orange rinds. This thing hits like a good IPA

M: body is mild and refreshing. The carbonation is spot on for the style and melds with the flavors to make a brisk brew

D: very drinkable and yet another solid Sierra Nevada beer

Photo of necoadam
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a copper/light brass color with a thin head.

Smell consisted of lemon/orange, floral hops, with a light undertone of pine.

Taste started out on the sweet side with some malts riding underneath. Bitter pine and an oily texture also blend in with a dry finish, with a taste of citrus lingering in the back of the palate. Taste is truly wonderful and different than other APAs and IPAs for that matter.

It has a medium mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. A nice offering from Sierra Nevada. Just curious if the hobbits brew this beer as well.

Photo of mhatters
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a shaker pint glass at the Brickside, Exton

Pours an orangechestnut color with a standard sized head

The nose is intriguing, sweet, floral, well-balanced. There is no dominatingoverwhelming single note.

The falvor was intense at first with a burst of hoppiness and then quickly transitioning to the sweet, creaminess of the malt. Very well done

A very nice beer, nothing earth-shattering, but very well executed and easily sessionable.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale pours a dark copper with a huge tan head. Nice amounts of sticky lace stays on the glass throughout.

The smell is very hoppy and yeasty, with grass and faint flowers or plants. The taste is dominated by grains and yeast. The after-taste is acidic. It gets noticibly better as it warms, but it never wows. The feel is thick, sticky, and bitter.

I love the effort SN puts into a wide-range of creative beers throughout the year, and Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale is a really nice hoppy ale. It just doesn't have eye-popping flavor.

Photo of hopstorm
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First of all, mad props to SN for all its incredibly delicious beers.
This one pours the normal caramel amber color I love so much with some sticky 3 finger head that laces nicely. As soon as the bottle was cracked, a pungent citra-pine aroma slaps you in the face. This is only followed by an intense slam of fresh hop goodness billowing through the air as I pour. The head is like a sticky, fluffy cloud that settles nicely. At first, the mouthfeel was just right, with yummy sweet malts to carry the fantastic hop flavor... But as it warms it almost seems like it should be a little thicker. I guess for an APA, its really quite nice. Anyway, that just enhances the drinkability. Goes down smooth and has the flavors and aromas that are still enough to get me excited each time. Beers like this one are hard to come by. You can tell that they put a lot of work into it to make it just right. As far as superior quality and product goes, SN does it again. While this reminds me of Torpedo in a way, its a very different beast and hop lovers should seek this out immediately! P.S. I dont think Ive ever enjoyed burping up hops this much! Fresh hops rule!

Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle.

Delicate pour yields a monster head that does a cool cascading effect as it dissipates into beer. Super frothy head, beige-brown color. Body is pretty light colored orange.

Doesn't smell like a whole heck of a lot. A little bit of grassy, flowery hops, maybe a hint of pale malt.

Taste is a bit bitter. Kind of smooth. Finishes clean. Nice taste, the bitterness has a certain flavor to it I can't really put my finger on, almost like a sort of sweet bitterness. Pretty balanced.

Mouthfeel is very good. A little heavy, kind of light on carbonation but definitely enough. Certainly won't have a problem finishing this here beer, but don't know if I'd want another.

Although it's listed as a pale ale, it definitely reminds more more of an IPA. There are plenty of others out there I'd reach for before this, but it is a nice change of pace and the price was quite good.

Photo of TLove
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recommended as a great mellow alternative to Imperial IPAs and a real step up from Sierra Nevada's lager, which is pretty decent to begin with.

Appearance - Thick-ish head with a beau amber color

Smell - Dark fruits of cherry and blackberry with a grainy, grassy smell

Taste - Bitterness is really dumbed down in this, but still abundant and ever-present. VERY well balanced with a few floral notes. Retains that grassy flavor with a bit of fruit on the back end.

Finish - The beer is, as abovementioned, very well-balanced and surprisingly smooth. Gives you a lot up front, but mellows out so well on the back end. Wonderful finish.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear amber with about 2 to 3 fingers of off white head. Retention is great and a moderate cap remains throughout. Thick, abundant lacing, approaching a solid film.

S - Soft grassy and fruity aromas. Apricots and peaches, with some grapefruit peel pulling through as the brew is agitated and reminds me of a used eraser. Slight garlicy/onion in some sniffs as well. Very well integrated.

T - Pale malt is more noticable than I expected on the front end. Little bits of sweet fruit with vegetal whispers are just under the surface. Fresh floral and green notes take the stage mid palate, really showcasing the fresh hop flavor. Grapefruit flavor pulls through on the back end with a moderate to high pith-like bitterness. Bitterness really sticks in the back of the mouth and lingers for quite a few minutes.

M - Interesting stuff here. While normally I'd prefer this style crisp and light, the medium-slanted body and very soft (almost non-existent at times) carbonation really help the hops take the stage without the brew being a total hop blast.

D - Though not quite as impressive as Sierra Nevada's wet-hop Harvest offerings, it does take a fairly unique approach with the hop flavor. This guy walks a fine line between APA and IPA; either classification would fit, though it doesn't feel nearly as sessionable as many above average beers in the aforementioned styles. A good beer, but I think it's flavor has been surpassed by Chico Estate and Torpedo.

Photo of dasenebler
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber hue. Creamy head laces well, but dissipates a little too quickly. Fantastic aroma of pine and orangey citrus. Really smells fresh.

Flavor is very smooth and well-balanced, typical of SN. Very resinous, hoppy and strongly flavored without being overpowering or too bitter. Spicy. Has a sweet character from both the malt and the citrusy hops. Caramel malt flavor is present much like SN Celebration.

Feel was very smooth and deliciously resinous though the carbonation might have been a bit too high. Overall creamy and very drinkable for a beer that approaches 7 percent.

Photo of vacax
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Second release, 24 oz. bottle @ $4.99 poured into pint glass.

A: Light amber or copper with an orange hue. Pours with a generous cream colored head is dense, creamy, and billowy with insane retention and lacing. Sierra Nevada's fresh hop ales are some of the most beautiful beers I've had the pleasure of seeing... and drinking.

S: Definitely a pale ale and not a highly hopped IPA. The beauty here is in the delicateness. Hints of pine and fragrant floral aromas waft gently. No harsh notes, just a fragrant APA.

T: Flowery hops that are somewhat piney. A bit of a spicy caramel balance and clean slight floral finish. Very nice pale ale. Flavors do well to balance out the relatively high ABV for an APA.

M: Medium to full body, full yet finely carbonated.

D: Very tasty stuff, pleasurable to drink a 24 oz. bottle and something I would return to. A bit spicier and stronger than a standard pale, but also forces me to savor the fresh hops flown in from NZ. It is a letdown that prices are up 25% over last year though.

Photo of Brewnami
4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This may be the best Sierra Nevada I have had yet. I was just going to the liquor store in Brighton, MA to get a nice cold beer and saw this. Me being a hop-head, I was intrigued. So I bought it, brought it home, and through it in a pint glass. It poured a crisp, clear amber color with a tall, fluffy, cream-colored head. The head reduced to a nice even lace around the glass. Smells like a very clean IPA with pine and citrus notes. Very nice hop bitter taste with malty hints. This beer is very drinkable. I would love to get this in a 12 pack and session. I tend to notice the more flavorful and tasty a beer is, the less drinkable it is. Not in this case. Also being a relatively high 6.7%, the alcohol is masked very well. I am on my second 22ox bottle and lovin' it.
CHEERS!

Photo of kkipple
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll go on record right now as saying I think Sierra Nevada, one of our oldest craft breweries (at 30 years, hah!), has been doing some VERY interesting and good interpretations lately, and as such I am now buying some of pretty much everything that comes out from them; which is considerable, and pains my wallet even as it tickles my liver.

That to say, when I saw the fresh, new, 2009 version of the New Zealand hopped pale, I simply HAD to. It was great last year, this year the hops are not "wet" (fresh from vine to kettle) but rather dried and simply "very" fresh. So. Enough yip-yap, I'm pouring!

A. Wow, could this beer be any prettier? We get a huuuge, honkin' fat 4-finger tall, dense light copper head that falls fast but sticks around at 3cm for a long time... generous lacing sticks everywhere 'round my tall 22oz glass. The brew itself is a curious russet-purple, rich autumn with weird highlights... it ain't normal...

S. Classic APA at first: malt sweetness, toasted grain / sugar, yadda yadda, OK. But then you get the hops... I hate to cop out here, but it's just "foreign". Getting sour grapefruit, earth, some... grass, yeah grass, that's it... a little pine resin but it's all spicy and a little dirty. It's not intense, just good. I don't know... I like it.

T. Nothing massive, just cool, sweet malt goodness and spicy, bitter, strange hops. This really is just a basic American Pale with a weird New Zealand hop bill... but the end result is interesting, and because it's interesting, and new, and beer geeks love interesting and new, I love this. I keep trying to nail down the swirling hop flavors... they are familiar, yet not. Sort of like that time you dated that girl in high school who looked a lot like your sister. You KNEW she wasn't, but it still made things weird... and exciting. Disregard that last sentence if you live outside South Carolina. You just don't understand.

M / D. What's that? Mouthfeel / Drinkability? Oh yeah... good. Dry finish, hoppy easy bite that's a little spicy. Thin-mid mouthfeel, easy carbonation. Goes down quickly. I am going to kill this 24 ounce bottle alone, at 4pm on a Thursday. Kind of wish I had more, then I remember I have things to actually do today. Alas.

So yeah... this is a Weird Pale Ale (WPA) and one that appeals largely on its drinkability, solidness, and endlessly unusual hops. If you're a hophead, or a fan of slightly off-kilter beers, (like me) this will be right up your crooked little alley. And it's so cheap! $4 for a bomber plus. Yeah, I like it. Props to Sierra Nevada for keeping things real in Chico. -drains his glass, happily-

Photo of alleykatking
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this yesterday from my A-B rep. Pretty excited might I add.

A- Poured into pint glass. Nice clear darker amber color with a quater inch off white head that stayed around for most of the beer. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- I smell a lot of malts upfront...I don't know if that was suppose to be but I got a huge malt body from this. Piney hops come through but very faintly. I don't know if this is the way it's suppose to smell but it's not what I expected for sure.

T- Unexpected suprise with this from the taste. Huge citrus hop taste with a nice malty backbone. Alcohol taste is nice and toned down but comes through more and more as the beer warms up.

M- Good crisp beer. This beer is medium mouthfeel which also coats the palate in a piney hop taste after the sip. This fades quite quickly and leaves a malty biscuty taste in the mouth. Good carbonation which leaves the beer dancing over the tounge.

D- There is something a little off here and I can't put my finger on it. I don't know what happened to the beer or if it's how it is suppose to taste. I will get another bottle and try another but if this is how it's suppose to taste I don't know if I could drink this on a regular basis.

Photo of omnigrits
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't often give that many 5.0 scores to a beer but this one really is something special. It has a beautiful copper colour with plenty of rising bubbles and big white head that leaves plenty of sticky lace. As soon as the glass comes within sniffing distance of the nostrils I know I'm about to get a beer of the highest order. Citrusy, piney resinous hops are there, a slightly yeasty aroma, and a touch of fresh cut grass. The malt character of this beer makes itself known in the mouth, balancing the abundant hops nicely. When the beer falls down the back of the throat there's a bitter finish but the sweet malt remains on the tongue. It doesn't get much better than this. I'm glad this is only available for a short while - you really can have too much of a good thing. Like summer, an Ashes series against the Aussies, the day the clocks go forward, Wimbledon, Friday evening, standing on Waterloo Bridge watching the sun go down, and falling in love again, it's something to look forward to.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a chilled bottle of the 2009 edition with my wife; poured into a standard pint glass. Reviewed from my tasting notes. The beer is a dark copper color. It is very pretty; it has a nice color and is quite clear. There are many tiny bubbles rising up to form a modest white head. The beer has a great hop bouquet that is noticeable as soon as you lift your glass to your face. The aroma is of fresh floral hops. It has a crisp, carbonated, hoppy taste. It is very bitter. This isn't necessarily a bad trait, it just took me by surprise. There is some malty sweetness to the taste hiding behind the strong hop flavor. It has a dry finish. Overall, I think this beer might be a bit to hoppy and bitter for me to drink all night; I prefer a less strong hop presence in a session beer, but I could certainly enjoy a bottle or two in an evening. Recommended, especially to you hop heads.

Photo of rossthefireman
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle
A- Nice amber hue, the amber that reminds me of fall. Good head.

S- HOPS!!! Citrusy hops with a malt backbone

T- HOPS!!! Citrusy hops with a maly backbone (just like the smell!) Grapefruit hits the tongue and as it mellows in the mouth you pick up a nice malty backbone.

M- Nice hop resin/oil stickiness coats the mouth but not overdone, Good carbonation

D- A beer all hop heads will enjoy!

Another stellar offering from SN. If you like hops, if you love fresh hop flavor, this is the beer for you. You can tell the hops are fresh as soon as you smell it. And the fresh hops are really apparent when this brew hits you mouth. Its as if the randal was invented to imitate this beer! Every time SN release a fresh hop ale, it delivers, and this one delivers as usual. Bravo SN, you did it again!

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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